Dixie Middle School
Elective Course Descriptions
Aerobics / Crossfit:
This is an elective physical education class. Students will participate in many Aerobic type exercises. These exercises could include but are not limited to: Swimming, MMA instruction, Running, Lifting Weights, Zumba, Hiking, and other cardio benefiting types of exercise.
This is a basic art class designed for all students. In this class we give students the opportunity to try many different styles of art and a variety of art materials.
Band II -Concert:
Band is a class where we have fun making music. In this class students will continue improving their musical abilities they have already learned in previous band classes. We will start to learn how to march in parades, and attend various band festivals. We have one of the best bands in this area. This class is made up of mostly eighth graders.
This is the top band at our school. It is made up of mostly ninth graders. This band is our main performing group.
What makes it fun are the rewards you get for working hard and performing your best. Marching in parades and attending band festivals are just two of the highlights of this class. You will continue to develop musically in preparing for High School band.
Business and Marketing: (9th Grade only)
This course is designed to introduce middle school students to the world of business, selling and advertising. During the course we will cover such topics as sports marketing, what it is like to own your own business, real estate, stock market, travel and tourism, ethics,professionalism, and event marketing. We work with digital media, animation, web design tools, etc. to learn how to promote business on the Internet and create different types of multimedia used in marketing. Below are few examples of projects we do in Marketing:
- Create a new candy bar
- Design a new cereal
- Build a school convenient store
- Invent a new extreme sport
Business Office Specialist (9th grade only):
Become proficient in Microsoft Word, Excel, and Powerpoint. Students will have the option to earn the Microsoft Office Specialist License; this is a nationally recognized certification. Student will also have the option of taking the class for Dixie State University credit (CIS 1200) at a cost of $15.
Chinese 1 is an introductory course designed to provide students with opportunities to listen to, speak, read, present, and write the Chinese language at a beginning level. Students will also learn about and discuss many aspects of Asian culture.
This is a class for singing, dancing, and music understanding. It is a great way to relax for one period and enjoy making music. You will learn about head voice, chest voice, Broadway sound, artistic sound, and basic choreography. Concerts are at the end of each quarter in the evening. You will also be able to work toward a day with a professional choreographer in the early spring and perform at Cox Auditorium during Southern Utah Performing Arts Festival. There is some written work and a portfolio developed for future use in high school choral works and auditions.
College Prep Literature:
This class is a class where we explore genres of the novel. We get to read a lot. We don't just read fantasy however, we also do some college level vocabulary and learn about most of the literary devices. The really great thing about this class is that if you like to read, you get a lot of time to read books that you choose along with a couple of books that I will choose. This is definitely the class to take if you love to read.
Students will learn and increase their skills in writing short stories, screenplays, poetry, journalism, etc. Students can enter their material into district writing competitions and includes a field trip.
Students will learn classic drawing and sketching techniques. This class is designed to improve your drawing skills as quickly as possible and give you the tools you need to visually express yourself.
Engineering Technology (9th grade only):
This is a beginning Engineering class. You will be taught basic problem solving terms and techniques. This includes making and building, then testing our design, racing CO2 cars, building and crushing bridges, beginning basic electrical, hydraulics. All are designed to help the student begin to develop Engineering skill that might expand into their occupation.
Fashion Design Studio (Fashion Strategies): (9th Grade only)
This course explores how fashion influences everyday life and introduces students to the fashion industry. Topics covered include: fashion fundamentals, elements and principles of design, textiles, consumerism, and fashion related careers, with an emphasis on personal application. This course will strengthen comprehension of concepts and standards outlined in Sciences, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) education.
Film is an exciting class where we discuss the history of films as well as how and why they are made. Students will explore many types of movies including animation, science fiction, documentary, and comedy. In Film, you will not only watch movies, but learn to look at them critically and determine what effects they have on our society.
Film Making: (9th Grade only)
This is a 9th grade course for students who have had the film class and want to learn more about how movies are made. We start by discussing the important behind the scenes roles that make films successful, then learn the basics of screenwriting, cinematography, storyboarding, and editing while creating original films.
The Primary purpose of this course is to help students build ·a good foundation of current knowledge and practice skills in beginning weight training. Emphasis will be placed on teaching the proper exercise techniques, safety, spotting, and program design to effectively enhance the individual's strength and fitness level.
The student will demonstrate weight room safety and etiquette.
The student will be able to correctly demonstrate proper lifting technique.
The student will be able to perform appropriate stretching exercises for specific weight lifting exercises.
The student will be able to demonstrate correct spotting techniques for all applicable exercises.
The student will be able to identify the major muscles in the body.
The student will be able to design and implement a personalized weight training program for him/herself.
Food & Nutrition: (9th Grade only)
This course is designed to focus on the science of food and nutrition. Experiences will include food safety and sanitation, culinary technology, food preparation and dietary analysis to develop a healthy life style with pathways to career readiness. Laboratory based experiences strengthen comprehension of concepts and standards outlined in Sciences, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) education.
French 1 is no longer available at Dixie Middle. It is available in 10th grade at Dixie High.
Year two of French.
Intro to Construction (9th only):
This class is taught at Dixie High School and is open to any 9th grade student. There is no prerequisite but Exploring Technology is helpful. We start with the idea of building and move through the steps of construction until the project is finished. This class also includes survey, truss design, blueprint reading, designing a house, stick framing, electrical and plumbing.
Information and Communication Technology (9th grade only):
Computers are our friends and are tools to create. This class is designed to give basic instruction to photo editing, movie making, green screen, screen printing, web page design, beginning stick figure cartooning, coding, history of communication, and other things that make up the world of communication and information exchange. Small projects will be assigned to show the instructor you have a basic knowledge of the program or activity we have been working on. The class will give you a taste of what is available to you at the High School and on to College. Its fun, come see.
Introduction to Python 1 (9th grade only):
Coding class. More info to come.
Introduction to Python 2 (9th grade only):
Advanced coding class. Must take Python 1 also. More info to come.
Introduction to Manufacturing (9th grade only):
If you enjoyed Exploring technology and want to continue to build in the areas of Manufacturing; Cutting boards, Pens, strong box, Wood lathe, hot dog roaster, Log Tongs, products made from wood, metal and plastics as well as automated, then this class is for you, sign up and enjoy.
This class is the combination of Theater II and Choir. You must be interested in performing a Broadway Jr. Musical in the spring of the year. Traditionally, we have performed at Dixie High School with the cooperation of Russ Saxton's crew. We have done, "Into the Woods: and "Annie Junior." Next year we are looking at doing the plays, "Alice in Wonderland" or "Mulan Jr." If you love the theatre and are great at acting, singing and dancing, join the musical theater class by getting a signature from your choir teacher or drama teacher. You must be a student with a good GPA as this is an honors class filled with motivated people who love to be "out there!" Class is limited to 70 participants.
This is a class for string players who want to better their skills. Those who have played more than two years will be able to do well in this class. Posture points, great bowing techniques, intonation drills, counting, and shifting are offered. You must be proficient in first position as we will be exploring third position for violins and violas and second, third and fourth for basses and cellos. Our orchestra is one of the very best in Utah!
Painting class focuses on learning to use different kinds of color mediums, on mixing color, and putting colors together in a harmonious way. This is a good class for students who are comfortable with their drawing abilities and want to go to the next level.
Physical Skills: (9th grade)
Students have the option of taking PE for an entire year. Students play a variety of sports in this class.
ROTC: (9th Grade only)
Air Force Junior Reserve Officer Training Corps. This is a course taught at the high school for 9th grade students who have any interest in the military or in flight training. Taking this course can open up a lot of doors for you in the Air Force and other branches of the military, however, taking this class does not mean you are enrolling in the military nor are you obliged to do so.
Seminary/Released Time: (9th Grade only
This is a LDS religion class taught at the LDS Seminary building near our campus. This class is not in any way affiliated with or sponsored by the school.
Sewing: (9th Grade only)
This course introduces students to basic apparel design and construction skills. These skills prepare students for the exciting global apparel industry and entrepreneurial opportunities. Students will sew apparel and accessory projects. This course will strengthen comprehension of concepts and standards outlined in Sciences, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) education. Student leadership and competitive events (FCCLA) may be integrated into this course.
Special Resource Aide:
You must have a 3.0 GPA and be a good citizen in the school to take this class. You will assist other students in the school who may have learning or physical disabilities.
¡Bienvenidos a la clase de español! Spanish I is an introductory course designed to provide students with opportunities to listen to, speak, read, present, and write the Spanish language at a beginning level. Students will also learn about and discuss many aspects of culture in the Spanish-speaking world. As students attend class, actively participate, and practice what they have learned, they will quickly be pleased with their ability to demonstrate their skills and communicate with other beginning Spanish speakers, as well as gain an understanding of the perspectives of other cultures.
¡Bienvenidos a la clase de español! Spanish II is a course designed to provide students with opportunities to listen to, speak, read, and write the Spanish language at a beginning to intermediate level. Students will also learn about many different aspects of culture in the Spanish-speaking world. As students attend class, actively participate, and practice what they have learned, they will quickly be pleased with their ability to demonstrate their skills and communicate with other Spanish speakers!
Teacher Aide/Counselor Aide/Office Aide: (9th Grade only)
You must have a 3.0 GPA and be a good citizen in the school to take this class. You will help the teacher you are assigned to with any duties they need to complete. You may also find you have time with little to do, so you must bring homework and/or a book to read to this class everyday!
Theater Foundations I:
This class is all about getting to know yourself and having fun! You’ll explore the actor’s tools - body, voice , and imagination through pantomime, readers’ theater, ensemble scenes, and lots and lots of improvisational acting. You’ll also learn about the basics of theater history, characterization and stage movement all while getting to know yourself and others through creative activities and games.
Theater II (9th only):
This class is an advanced course which builds on the skills learned in Theatre I. Emphasis will be placed on increasing the acting skills of movement, sensory awareness, voice development, concentration, communication, and portraying emotions. This class will prepare an ensemble performance to be viewed by invited audiences. This class will occur in the fall and will include a live production of a comedy/drama.
Weight Training: (9th Grade)
Students will have the opportunity to use a variety of weight lifting machines and free weights.
Includes taking pictures, writing articles, using a publishing program, and other duties all in an effort to create the school's yearbook. Students must be able to work against a deadline and complete tasks as requested.